If Justin Schultz had it to do all over again … he would. While not a lot has gone right for the Oilers since he picked them over 29 other teams, Schultz has no regrets about his life-changing decision two years ago. “I don’t regret it at all,” he said. “Some people might find that hard to believe but I knew it wasn’t going to be immediate winning. It’s going to take some time. Maybe this year hasn’t gone as good as we all hoped for, but I know it’s going to get better around here and it’s going to be fun.” Schultz and the Oilers will determine what shape his future in Edmonton takes when they begin negotiations on a new contract. His entry-level deal expires this summer and both sides are eager to ink another deal. “It’ll be after the deadline,” general manager Craig MacTavish said of the timetable for a new pact. “I’ve had some preliminary conversations with his representation and after the deadline I think we’ll get down to more serious discussions.” Whether he gets a long-term deal, along the lines of the six and seven years signed by Jordan Eberle, Taylor Hall and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, or a shorter bridge deal for two or three years will all be hammered out in the negotiations. MacTavish is open to either scenario.
Oilers’ Justin Schultz would be happy with longterm deal despite team's lack of success
Edmonton Sun | Feb 26